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Shyamchi Aai (1953)

The Best Of Marathi Cinema VCD

(A Selection Of 10 Gems from Marathi Cinema)


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Shyamchi Aai (1953)

Also Known As: Shyam's Mother

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 1953

Color/BW: BW

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

"Swami teenhi jagancha pan Aayee vina bhikari"' (You may be the greatest of this universe but you are only a beggar without a mother). These sentiments are echoed in Acharya Atre's Shyamchi Aai, the landmark film based on Sane Guruji's book, a fictionalized account of his childhood years. The film is marked by exemplary characters led by Shyam's mother (Vanamala), a deeply religious person with an earthy philosophy and a positive attitude to life's problems. There is a moving sentimental depiction of her relationship with her son (Madhav Vaze). This milestone movie went to win the first President's Gold Medal for the Best Feature Film in 1953.



Cast: Vanamala, Madhav Vaze, Shankar Kulkarni, Baburao Pendharkar, Sumati Gupte, Saraswati Bodas, Prabodhankar Thackeray

Director: Pralhad Keshav Atre

Music Director: Vasant Desai


Vastupurush (2002)

Also Known As: Vaastupurush, The Guardian Spirit of the House

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 2002

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Dr. Bhaskar, a Magsaysay Award winner, returns to his native village after forty years accompanied by his doctor son and American daughter-in-law. While watching the ruins of his ancestral manor, Dr. Bhaskar remembers the critical year before his joining medical college. It was not his Gandhian freedom fighter father nor his feudal uncle or romantic elder brother, but his mother who motivated him to be a doctor for the service of the poor. She believed that is the only way to appease the Guardian Spirit of the house. Bhaskar is indebted to another woman, Krishnatai, his brother's lower caste lover, who was enlightened enough to support his mother's dream. Bhaskar is now back home to fulfill the wish of his mother.



Cast: Atul Kulkarni, Uttara Baokar, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Ravindra Mankani, Mahesh Elkunchwar, Renuka Daftardar, Rekha Kamath, Siddharth Daftardar, Rajesh More

Director: Sumitra Bhave, Sunil Sukthankar

Music Director: Shrirang Umrani


Ek Hota Vidushak (1992)

Also Known As: Once There Was A Clown

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 1992

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

An illegitimate son of a tamasha dancer, Aburao has a traumatic childhood. His mother leaves her dance troupe to become a landlord's mistress and after his death returns to the stage. Starting as an odd-job man, Aburao's talent in mimicry and singing combined with his satirical humor soon make him a much sought after songadya (clown).

Aburao then marries a well-known actress, Maneka but soon the marriage begins to disintegrate as Aburao realizes that she has married him on a whim and is still seeing an old flame.

His life changes when his mother's guru comes to him with a sullen little girl, the illegitimate child of Subhadra who was Aburao's lover while in the troupe. Shaken, he makes it his mission to make the unsmiling little girl smile but fails repeatedly.

It is at an election rally where he has been medicated and tricked to perform in spite of an heart attack, that in his trance-like state, he only notices his little girl and begins to tell her a simple fairy tale, not being crafty or cynical, not mimicking anyone, but being himself, telling her a simple tale of pure joy.

But this is not what the audience expected. It expresses its disappointment with shoes and other missiles hurled at the stage. The politician beats a hasty retreat but Aburao's daughter is enraptured, hugging him, laughing, full of joy!



Cast: Laxmikant Berde, Madhu Kambikar, Nilu Phule, Varsha Usgaonkar, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Usha Naik, Mohan Agashe

Director: Jabbar Patel

Music Director: Anand Modak


Katha Doan Ganpatraonchi (1996)

Also Known As: Katha Don Ganpatraonchi, A Tale Of Two Ganpatraos

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 1996

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Two bachelors, Ganpatrao Turay-Patil and Ganpatrao Moray-Patil, temperamentally and physically opposites, but inseparable friends from childhood live as neighbors in their ancestral homes in the small town of Akkadgaon, once a princely state with nothing left to boast of after independence.

The best of friends' fallout over a beautiful old sword that Moray possesses and Turay covets. A small tiff snowballs into a major fight and all attempts by well-wishers to bring the pair together again fail. The machinations of Moray's ferocious aunt and the good-for-nothing goons of the town who exploit the situation only adds fuel to the flames. The dispute is taken to the courts. In the end the two friends are ruined while the goons run a thriving business enterprise.



Cast: Mohan Agashe, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Uttara Baokar, Prashant Subhedar, Renuka Shahane, Madhav Vaze, Sayaji Shinde, Atul Pethe, Sanjay Mone, Sushma Deshpande, Kishore Kadam, Satish Alekar, Nandu Pol, Nandu Madhav

Director: Arun Khopkar

Music Director: Ashok Patki, Vanraj Bhatia


Bangarwadi (1995)

Also Known As: The Hamlet, The Village Had No Walls

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 1995

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

A story of a small hamlet of shepherds set more than half a century ago but the story still repeats itself today.

The newly appointed village schoolteacher arrives in the hamlet. Faced with hostility, he decides to win over the hearts of the people so that they would entrust him with their children. He starts to address their small concerns of daily life, help them with running errands in the small town, and mediates in their disputes. Soon his school starts flourishing with enthusiastic students and parents. The high point is the building of the community gymnasium with the participation of all the villagers and the inauguration by the prince of the state.

The usual joys and sorrows of daily life continue amidst the growth of the school. It is as if the young teacher lived through a couple of thrilling dramas, a few interesting short stories and a long epic novel about the life of simple common folk. But with time, drought forces the shepherds to migrate in search of pasture. The teacher is transferred and as he leaves by the same path as he had arrived, he now has a profound insight into the ways of nature and the lives of these simple people with their maturity, simplicity, even nobility in their self-dependence and approach to problems with conscience and a sense of justice and fair play.



Cast: Chandrakant Mandhre, Chandrakant Kulkarni, Nandu Madhav, Sunil Ranade, Nagesh Bhonsle, Hiralal Jain, Kishore Kadam, Upendra Limaye, Sushma Deshpande, Ravindra Divekar, Mangesh Satpute, Ganesh Yadav, Chinmayi Surve, Pratima Joshi

Director: Amol Palekar

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia

Story: Vyanktesh Madgulkar


Limited Manuski (1995)

Also Known As: Limited Humanity

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 1995

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

When Sadanand accidentally bangs his moped into a funeral procession of a four-month-old child, causing the carries to drop the body, little does he anticipate the series of events this sets in motion. Two of the participants in the procession take it on themselves to avenge this 'insult' to the dead child by beating up Sadanand.

A series of events follows with the duo bent on taking revenge on behalf of the dead child's wounded soul and Sadanand doing all he can enlisting his pregnant wife, his landlord, landlady, neighbor, a police friend and even the family astrologer to avoid a beating. The two simpletons , on the other hand, look down upon bribery, uphold honor and chivalry and will settle for nothing less than two resounding blows.

In due course, the mother of the dead child is pregnant again. The vengeful duo realizes that fate has taken them for a ride, the futility of a chickenhearted existence dawns on Sadanand. A compromise two gentle and symbolic slaps ends all the machinations and they all get to know each other well. The comedy unfolds human urges for love and money amidst fears of the undiscovered future. The search for perpetual happiness must go on.



Cast: Rajit Kapoor, Gopika Sahani, Ganesh Yadav, Sudhir Joshi, Kishore Kadam, Ravindra Mankani, Meena Phansikar, Purnima Pendse, Lalita Pawar, Nilu Phule

Director: Nachiket Patwardhan, Jayoo Patwardhan

Music Director: Milind Chatanvis

Story: Shyam Manohar


Doghi (1995)

Also Known As: Sisters, Two Women

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 1995

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

The story of two sisters, Gauri and Krishna, two ordinary middle-class girl in a village who, as their fate would have it, fall into different circumstances in life. After her husband's fatal accident, Gauri comes to her poor brother in Bombay only to end up as a sex worker. Her sister, Krishna tries to help her in vain. A social drama with human pathos lifted by superb performances from the main cast.



Cast: Renuka Daftardar, Sonali Kulkarni, Uttara Baokar, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Suryakant Mandre, Madhu Kambikar, Abhay Kulkarni

Director: Sumitra Bhave, Sunil Sukthankar

Music Director: Anand Modak


Mukta (1994)

Also Known As: The Liberated Woman, Free Bird

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 1994

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Mukta is the grand-daughter of Abasaheb Kanase-Patil, a veteran of Maharashtra 's co-operative movement. She returns to her ancestral home in a district town of Maharashtra after spending her entire life in the United States where her parents, Eknath and Yashoda, are settled. But Mukta has always felt alienated in the US and has longed to return to India . A post-graduate scholarship to study sociology makes this possible. At the university she meets Milind Wagh, a fearless student leader and poet, to whom she is drawn, much to the chagrin of her Indian family. When things seem to be on the brink, news arrives that her American friend Julian is expected. Her family is happy, hoping that he will be able to ease the situation. But Julian turns out to be a black American. The triangular relationship of Mukta-Milind-Julian develops towards an unusual conclusion as issues of casteism, classism and Indianness are exposed and explored.



Cast: Vikram Gokhale, Sonali Kulkarni, Reema Lagoo, Avinash Narkar, Mohan Agashe, Caleb Obura Obwatinyka, Shreeram Lagoo, Vandana Pandit, Prashant Subhedar, Chandrakant Kale, Sharad Bhutadiya

Director: Jabbar Patel


Atyachar (1982)

Also Known As: Atrocities

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 1982

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

'Atyachar' is based on the memories of Daya Pawar , as he penned them in his novel 'Balunt'. Daya Pawar, was in the vanguard of the Dalit movement that burst upon the Marathi literary scene in the sixties, with a content and an expressiveness that was revolutionary. The book and the film tell the story of the struggle of a young man, from the backward Mahar community; to escape the pit of darkness that society relegates him to.



Cast: Sushma Deshpande, Vibha Jakatdar, Satish Pulekar, Avinash Ambekar, Vijay Joshi, Hansakumari, Sudhakar Waghmare, Mohan Gokhale

Director: Bhaskar Chandavarkar

Story: Daya Pawar


Gabhara (1999)

Also Known As: The Vortex

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 1999

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

The film portrays the inner conflicts of a socially committed student of social work, who begins to investigate a deserted village ashram and school, which had been started for the children of sex workers by a socially committed lady, Taiakka.

As his inquiry progresses, he comes across different characters with different philosophies, each with a logic and reasoning of his but in combination leading nowhere. One vital link, Shankarappa, an ex-serviceman who had helped Taiakka, remains mum. As the mystery grows deeper, Ratan becomes obsessed with finding the truth. When he finds that a chairman of a so-called social welfare organization who wanted to exploit the credit for Taiakka's exemplary work had sabotaged the ashram, he becomes frustrated with the commercialization of the system. It is then that he meets Taiakka, who still holds an optimistic outlook, telling him that one should always live in the present and work for the goals that are currently relevant.



Cast: Neena Kulkarni, Mohan Agashe, Sonali Kulkarni, Suhas Palshikar, Rajeev Khandagale

Director: Rajeev Khandagale

Music Director: Anand Modak


Format: VCD

Label:Rudraa